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Is it Time to Take a “Sabbath” from Our Digital Devices?

As we approach Father’s Day, I started reading “The Sabbath Manifesto.”  The premise is that it’s “a web-based creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.”  It’s 10 core principles are designed for our own unique interpretation to help you carve out “a weekly timeout” into our lives.  They’ve even created their own app (of course).  It’s about taking one day a week and unplugging.  It’s about slowing down, reflecting, and going deeper than you can on an iPhone, computer, or Blackberry.   Could you do it?   Here are the principles.  Let me know what you think (and if you could use a little Sabbath keeping yourself) especially as we push our “Disconnect to Reconnect” campaign for Father’s Day.

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  1. Have been thinking about this lately. Digital devices have made it much too easy to just keep going and going and going. We’re at liberty to do so, I believe, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the best way to maintain a healthy balance long-term.

  2. I believe everyone could use a little Sabbath keeping. God even instructs us – in the Bible – to take a break on the 7th day (Saturday) and spend time (24 hours, sunset to sunset) getting to know Him better and improving your relationship with Him and with other people. Taking a 24 hour rest from technology is just scratching the surface on really understanding a Sabbath rest, but its a start!

  3. I have just attended a wedding on Waiheke Island off the coast of New Zealand. My phone died on the journey there. I made one call on someonelses phone to my daughter to let her know I was ‘out of reach’. I spent 5 glorious days with no cell phone and have come home refreshed and ready to reconnect!

  4. I have been trying to practice something like this for the past couple of months. Each sunday is family day for us, and I dedicate it to spending time with my wife and son. My email is turned off, phone left on my desk, and my interaction with technology is kept to a bare minimum.

    It’s amazing what kind of mental and emotional impact this technological freedom can have on a person.

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